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12/7/2018 3:57:00 PM
School Board Candidate Filing Locations Set for April 2, 2019 Election
Submitted by Cook County Clerk Karen A. Yarbrough

Filing locations, dates and times have been finalized for school board candidates running in the April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election, new Cook County Clerk Karen A. Yarbrough is excited to announce. School board candidates will file with the Cook County Clerk’s office.

The candidate filing period is December 10-17, 2018. About 700 candidates from 145 suburban Cook County school districts are expected to file paperwork to get on the ballot. A list of candidates who filed paperwork with the Clerk's office can be found at

The Clerk’s downtown office, as well as the Election Operation Center in Cicero, will be open for the entirety of the filing period. In addition, candidate filing will be conducted at two suburban locations on the first day of filing only, when most candidates historically have filed.

All candidates who are in line by 8 a.m. on December 10th will have their papers stamped with that time. If more than one candidate seeking the same office files at 8 a.m., a lottery will be conducted to determine whose name will appear first on the ballot. Candidates for the same office who file between 4 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 17, the last day of filing, will also be included in a ballot lottery for the last spot on the ballot. Anyone who files between 8:01 a.m. on Dec. 10 and 3:59 p.m. on Dec. 17 will be on the ballot in the order they turned in their nomination paperwork.

The locations, dates and times are as follows:

Monday, Dec. 10: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cook County Clerk’s Office
    69 W. Washington, Pedway Level
    Chicago, IL

  • Rob Roy Golf Course
    505 E. Camp McDonald Rd.
    Prospect Heights, IL.

  • Elections Operations Center
    1330 S. 54th Ave.
    Cicero, IL

  • Orland Park Civic Center
    14750 Ravinia Ave.
    Orland Park, IL
Tuesday, Dec. 11 - Friday, Dec. 14: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 17: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cook County Clerk’s Office
    69 W. Washington, Fifth Floor
    Chicago, IL
  • Elections Operations Center
    1330 S. 54th Ave.
    Cicero, IL
Information about how to file to be a school board candidate can also be found at

The Clerk’s office oversees candidate filing for even-year elections, including countywide elected officials and Cook County Board commissioners. Candidates for other local jurisdictions, such as municipalities and park boards, will still file with the district in which they are seeking election.

The transfer of filing responsibility from school districts to all Illinois election authorities – not just Cook County – was included in HB 105, an election omnibus bill signed into law on July 1, 2014. Since the filing period often overlaps with school districts’ winter break, as it does this year, many school districts did not wish to stay open solely for filing.

Another new law transferred oversight of objections to school board candidates to the Cook County Officers’ Electoral Board, which already hears objections to library, police, fire and sanitary district candidacies. The Electoral Board is chaired by the Clerk’s designee and also includes representatives from the State’s Attorney and Circuit Court Clerk.

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